Scholarships

Scholarship programs in Germany

The following foundations and institutions offer scholarship opportunities for PhD candidates. Please pay special attention to requirements, such as language ability.

 

Berliner Graduiertenförderung (NaFöG)

Homepage: just in German   
Application period: Mid-April and Mid-October
Requirements: just for students of FU Berlin

 

Cusanuswerk Bischöfliche Studienförderung

Homepage: German and English   
Application date: March, 1 and September, 1
Requirements: just for German, EU-European and resident non-EU-European students of catholic confession

 

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

Homepage: German and English
The DAAD is Germany’s biggest sponsor for foreign students and German students abroad. There are many programs and scholarships with different conditionalities.

 

Dr. Jost-Henkel-Stiftung

Homepage: just in German
Application period: all year
Requirements: the neediness must be proven

 

Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst

Homepage: German and English   
Application date: June, 15 and December, 15
Requirements: just for students of protestant confession (exceptions possible)

 

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Homepage: German and English   
Application period: at all time possible
Requirements: excellent German language abilities
Foundation close to the Social Democrat Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit

Homepage: German and English  
Application date: May, 31 and October, 31
Requirements: excellent German language abilities
Foundation close to the Liberal Democratic Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Hanns Seidel Stiftung

Homepage: German and English   
Application period: in January, Mai and June
Requirements: maximum age of 32 for application
Foundation close to the Bavarian Christian Social Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Hans Böckler Stiftung

Homepage: just in German           
Application period: in May and August
Requirements: foundation close to trade unions, hence, applicant's involvement in a trade union or comparable societal organisation is necessary

 

Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Homepage: German and English   
Application date: March, 1 and September, 1
Requirements: excellent German language abilities
Foundation close to the Green Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst e. V. (KAAD)

Homepage: German and English
Application period: all year
Requirements: for foreign students of catholic confession with excellent German language abilities; all students must prove the relevance of their studies for their home country

 

Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds

Homepage: just in German
Application period: Feb., 15 till March, 15; and August, 15 till Sept., 15
Requirements: at least “good” grade and maximum age of 30 (years) for application (exception might be made)

 

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Homepage: German and English   
Application period: April till end of July
Requirements: excellent German language abilities;
Foundation close to the Christian Democratic Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Homepage: German and English    
Application date: April, 30 and October, 31
Requirements: excellent German language abilities, maximum age of 30 for application
Foundation close to the Left Party and applicants should share their basic values.

 

Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft 

Homepage: German and English   
Application period: May and August
Requirements: applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of application

 

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Homepage: German and English
Requirements: students cannot apply on their own but have to be promoted by an institution or a professor

 

All information is subject to change.